TLC's 'All-American Muslim' Addresses Sept. 11 Attacks (Video)
In the reality show's upcoming episode, the subject of Osama Bin Laden elicits anger among the cast members.
As it winds down its first season, TLC's All-American Muslim is addressing the effect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on its cast members living in and around Dearborn, Mich., home to one of the largest Arab-American populations in the U.S.
All-American Muslim made headlines earlier this month during a boycott by the Florida Family Association, a conservative Christian group, which prompted the home repair retailer Lowe's and travel website Kayak.com to pull advertisements from the show. (That, in turn, spurred anti-Lowe's protests.)
The second-before-last episode of the reality series, which airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EST, was taped during Sept. 11's 10th anniversary, and the footage captures mixed feelings from participants: according to The Associated Press, Mike Jaafar, a Dearborn deputy sheriff, cried while recalling police officers' deaths in the attacks on the World Trade Center; Nawal Auode, who was in high school when 9/11 happened, said she bristles at the anniversary because it forces Muslim Americans to defend themselves for something they didn't do; another woman, Nina Bazzy, expressed outrage against Osama Bin Laden. "He ruined it for us," she said. "He ruined it for our kids. He made us scared in our own homes."
Check out the video footage, below: